With the world population expected to grow over the next several decades, major concerns lie with meeting the needs of agriculture and with the sustainable use of limited natural resources. Students specializing in agricultural and natural resources engineering combine analysis and design with applied biology to solve problems in producing, transporting, and processing biological products leading to food, fiber, energy, pharmaceuticals, and other human needs.
Students may focus on automation of field operations and on the biomechanics of humans and animals. They may also focus on engineering issues related to the sustainable use of natural resources, particularly water, but also land and air. Agricultural and natural resources engineers design machinery, processes, and systems for productive plant and animal culture, while minimizing adverse environmental effects.
Agricultural and natural resources engineers are employed as practicing professionals and managers with agricultural producers, equipment manufacturers, irrigation districts, food processors, consulting engineering firms, start-up companies, and government agencies. Graduates with interest in biomechanics work in industry on the design, evaluation, and application of human-centered devices and systems, as well as on improving worker health and safety.
To see the excerpt from the General Catalog regarding Agricultural and Natural Resource Engineering, click here.